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Northrop Grumman successfully tested its new unmanned aircraft designed to take off and land on aircraft carriers.The tests pave the way for its scheduled introduction into the fleet in 2013.
During Flight Four, which occurred on Aug 12, the first of the two X-47Bs supplied to the Navy reached an altitude of 7,500 ft (above mean sea level), and a top speed of 180 knots. These tests were designed to help validate software and hardware changes made to the jet during the spring and summer, spokesman Brooks McKinney said in an email.
These tests are part of what the Navy has said is a year-long, 50-flight test program at Edwards. When the first aircraft flew in February the Navy said the first aircraft was scheduled to complete initial testing in late 2011.
Check out the video of the test below.
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